Grateful Dead Live at Greensboro Coliseum on 1991-04-01
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- 2004-05-11 11:20:51
- Greensboro, NC
- SBD>DAT>CDR (Musicfan's seed to abgd; Secondary Source provides d1t01-t04; the last 5 seconds of d1t07;the last 2:01 of d1t09; CD Remastering by Charlie Connor; Seeded to Fun_Gus and abgd by Charlie Connor
- Greensboro Coliseum
Subject: Best show of 90s?
I think the Garden wins, if only for the extended 25 minute second set let it grow.
Subject: Bird Song
Set 1 - d'oh! They forget to turn on (or something) Jer's guitar....it's still fun to listen to, with Bruce contributing a beautiful vocal before the instrumental section....Picasso Moon also is in trouble - Bobby can't quite remember the words and they kind of skittle through it - still, unlike the million minions I think this is a rockin' tune when played well - check the MSG '90 shows, for example! Tune never really gelled until Vince & Bruce joined the band.
The rest of everything is just fine - of course, that jazzified Bird Song takes the golden cake-walk prize here - it's so good they make it a set *closer*!
Set 2 - pure gold. China Cat > Rider is sooooo tight when they double-time it, and it's really tempting to view the Dark Star as one long piece totaling 35 minutes or so, as Mickey turns the beam on pretty quickly following the band's departure from the stage - this is pure, utter psychedelic madness, kids. If you haven't heard this creation before, crank it wayyyyy up and close the windows, lest you make your neighbors piss themselves.
Black Peter may be the unheralded hero of this set - check Jer's solo at the very end - he's not done yet!
Of course, we have to have one that doesn't make it, and that's the Baby Blue encore. Dylan's songs, IMHO, need to be airtight vocally or they really have no purpose or place. Jer and the band has done this tune so often and so much better that I'd just let Bobby's Lovelight lead you to the door on this show; it's a better way to go out.
Subject: April Fool's
I'll never know if it was just coincidence. But it helps me remember that night. Tried to help a young fellow in the lot find his friends and keep his act together. Hope he made it home okay.
Great show, thanks for the great recording.
Subject: The keys
Subject: keys stepping on everything
Subject: best darkstar of the 90s?
Subject: I got it!
This was the night I got it!
Subject: Best of '91 Spring Tour?
Bird Song and Dark Star - we get an honest effort from the boys to try and melt 'em down like they used to.
Funny - Black Peter's a tune that doesn't pop up in many "Best [Dark Star, Shakedown, etc.] EVER!!!" discussions ... but this Black Peter might be one of the best ever ... uncharacteristic effort on this one
Subject: 17 years later
1st set (on way too much fluid) ran laps around the concourse while the music played and the cops stared. 2nd set settled somewhere in the upper section knowing dark star was coming by the space notes played by jerry the previous night during space. it was my first ds and it was well worth the wait. i need to finish this remark by thanking the fella behind me who was in full scuba gear covered in lime green glow stick juice...that was the coolest thing ive ever seen during a show and what a personal coincidence!.......enjoy this awesome show ya'll!
Subject: There was something in the air that night.
Subject: I was almost the April fool.
"You!" said the usher. "I'm must have told you ten times to find your seat. Where's your ticket?"
Now, I know all Deadheads look alike, but this was definitely my first warning (from this particular usher);-)
"I lost it." I lied to my frazzled captor.
"Then you're out of here." was his unexpected reply as he dragged me to a security guard.
As the guard led me off the floor, the lights went out, and the band hit the stage. I was pleading my case to the guard as we approached the policemen lining the emergency exit.
"I'll talk to the cops, and we'll let them decide." he said as he released me, and crossed the concourse to the policemen. Taking this as my cue, I made my exit stage right, walking at a brisk pace. Suddenly six cops were running after me, and soon I found myself surrounded by Greensboro's finest.
"That guard said we were supposed to throw you out." the lead cop said.
Now, I don't know what it is about tripping, but it makes me really cool under pressure.
"Oh no, that's only because I told him I lost my ticket."
"You didn't lose your ticket?"
"Of course not." I laughed, while producing my stub. "I just told him that because I have an upper deck seat, and I was trying to get onto the floor."
"Why did you do that?"
"To be closer to the band, of course. This is a very important set; they're going to play Dark Star! Now, if you'll just allow me to go back upstairs, I promise to be good, and not come down again."
They gave me an escort to the escalator, and as DS began, I found the friend who had crashed the floor with me (he made a hasty retreat when I got nabbed), and we celebrated (his first DS, too). After the show, I found the cop, shook his hand, and thanked him for his wise decision not to eject me.
"You said you weren't going to come back downstairs." was his reply.
Subject: I Have To Agree
This is rare bit of a glimpse of well-played and well-captured evening's frivolities.
The music is executed with reverence and abandon. It is all very excellent from the start of the first set to second set and its encores. All happily played joyous romping from one song to the next.
Subject: What a show
The rest of the night was equally shroomtastic - right up to and including that magical Dark Star.
I thought this run, in the Spring of 91, was one of the pinacles Dead tours. They were over the morning of Brent's loss and relishing in the glory of two ivory players (one of whom, Bruce Hornsby, far outshines all the competition).
I still treasure the fact I was able to take in so much that tour, but this April Fools night was the peak.
Subject: Mirror Shatters in formless reflections of matter!
Second Set was over the top lots of hugging and crying during Dark Star! The Dance scene was amazing!
Greensboro Coliseum seemed like a really old building .I enjoyed these shows even without being able to do any vending, perhaps in retrospect that made it even more enjoyable!
The Bird Song is very tasty, almost melts down in the jam!
Subject: Wish I was a headlight
When Jerry sang the headlight verse, all the lights shined on the audience and I saw this-I was like...uhhhh...What's the name of this band/song??? Bird Song? Dark Star? Looks Like...China>Rider!!!!
Subject: good stuff
This night had a sound like some of the older tapes I used to listen to, which was lost in the big arenas I saw them play. I got a copy of it on tape right after the show but havn't heard it in a long time.
Subject: Nice set
Subject: a long time coming
Subject: Special Show
Subject: good listen
Subject: First Dark Star
Subject: good greensboro !
Subject: good greensboro !
Subject: greensboro 91
Subject: 4+/5- star performance, 4 star sound
highlights: Bird Song and the whole second set.
Subject: recording quality
Subject: double 5's
Subject: great stuff
Subject: look at the second set
well in my opinion:)
Really, this is a masterpeice fir the later days. I cant tell you how many times I have said to myself, "Self, why didnt Hornsby stay w/ the boys"? Iam sure he had his reasons, but he sure did breath life into a tired band. Especially Garcia. This is a MUST HAVE.
Subject: Jerry + Bruce = HOT Rider!
Subject: Must be the front row...
I was 10 feet or so from Phil for the Tom Thumbs. I teamed up with another person who was down front solo like I was and we stubbed down several friends for the second set, which turned out to be The BOMB.
Oh, those were the days....
Subject: Best Show
Subject: Great Sound
Subject: Stellar show